RBmedia Breaks into German-Language Audiobook Market

RBmedia Breaks into German-Language Audiobook Market
Company acquires leading German audio publisher ABOD and launches new RBmedia Verlag brand

RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, today announced its entry into the German-language audio market through its new audio brand, RBmedia Verlag. In tandem, RBmedia announced the acquisition of German audiobook publisher ABOD, which will supply leading titles to this new brand. Founded in 2012, ABOD produces major audio titles from German publishing houses in the areas of nonfiction, primarily politics and economics.
Notable ABOD audiobook titles to be published under the RBmedia Verlag brand include:

  • “Cycles of Climate Change: How Climate Feedback Loops Can Destroy or Save the World” by Greta Thunberg, Dalai Lama
  • “The Self-Righteous: My Counter-Program for Common Sense and Solidarity” by Sahra Wagenknecht
  • “Put Warm Clothes On, It’s Going to Be Hot: Understand Climate Change and Learn from the Crisis for Tomorrow’s World” by Sven Plöger, Eckart von Hirschhausen

Rudi Singer, ABOD founder and CEO said, “Since founding ABOD in 2012, I have put much work and care into building a first-rate audio catalog. With RBmedia’s vision, I am confident that we will see these efforts continue to gain momentum. Under good terms, our titles will be widely sold around the German-speaking world and with all key resellers. It’s exciting to see the German market being part of RBmedia’s international growth plan.”
Miles Stevens-Hoare, General Manager of RBmedia international, said, “We’ve been tracking the German-language digital audiobook market for some time and have seen consistent, sizeable growth. We believe it represents a long-term growth opportunity for us. The marriage of ABOD and RBmedia combines a well-curated successful catalog with our skill and experience in growing audio businesses.
RBmedia Verlag will join W. F. Howes and Wavesound as RBmedia’s international audiobook publishing businesses.